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CAB043 / Russia / ARRESTS MADE IN KKI INVESTIGATION IN RUSSIA

ARRESTS MADE IN KKI INVESTIGATION IN RUSSIA

¶1. (U) SUMMARY: Following last week’s announcement of a large scale corruption investigation by the Duma, Russian federal law enforcement (FSB) have made more than twenty two arrests. END SUMMARY.

ARRESTS MADE
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¶2. (U) Last week, President Volodin announced the creation of the Комитет по коррупции Исследование [Committee for Corruption Investigation] (KKI). Volodin stated that the KKI would be a Duma-led task force whose primary goal was to investigate and remove corruption from local and federal government. Many critics assumed it was more grandstanding by Volodin and no follow-up actions would be taken.

¶3. (U) Last night, officials from the Федеральная служба безопасности Российской Федерации [Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation] (FSB) arrested twenty-two individuals from several branches of the GOR, all on a variety of corruption charges. All suspects were charged with corruption, ranging from receiving bribes and forging documents to arms trafficking and criminal conspiracy. While a majority of the suspects were lower level employees within the GOR, there were a number of higher level officials including two Generals, one former Lieutenant Colonel, three Deputy Prime Ministers, one Police Lieutenant, and a Police Chief.

¶4. (C) Of the twenty-two suspects charged, nine appeared on a list previously obtained by this office. The additional suspects can be found in Ref. 4662C (Contact directly for doc).

INCIDENTS
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¶5. (S) In addition to the twenty-two suspects the FSB arrested, three suspects were not taken into custody. Upon entering the residence of Leonid Gurov, an administrator in the office of the Minister of Defense, FSB officers Gurov dead – a single, self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

¶6. (S) Another suspect, Fillyp Czartoryska, was killed while being taken into custody by FSB officers. Czartoryska was an officer in the Вооружё́нные Си́лы Росси́йской Федера́ции [Armed Forces of the Russian Federation]. According to the FSB, Czartoryska attempted to ram the officers with his car and was subsequently shot multiple times.

¶7. (C) The third suspect, REDACTED REDACTED, was an REDACTED REDACTED in the REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED. FSB has been unable to locate REDACTED despite searches of his home, relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Additionally, there has been no activity in any of his bank accounts or credit cards. They continue to look for him.

COMMENT
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¶8. (SBU) President Volodin and the Duma surprised critics by making several arrests in connection with government corruption. As stated before by this office, it remains to be seen if this is a first step in a long fight against corruption or if the GOR is merely hoping to satiate recent pressure from the UN and US. END COMMENT.

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